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We decided today that we weren’t going to get to the Muster Station 20 minutes before the drill started, just to stand around for half an hour waiting for everyone to turn up.

 

Drill was at 5pm on the Spirit, and we were in Henry’s Pub, about 30 seconds walk from the Muster station beforehand. We decided to wait in the bar until either 5 minutes before the drill was due to start, or when we were kicked out.

 

Anyway, at 4.40 everyone was told to leave for the drill. We walked to our station, with a loo break on the way and got there at about 17 minutes before the drill was supposed to start. During that time, we were moved along a couple of times.

 

Despite this, people were still wandering along at 10 past 5, 10 minutes after the drill was supposed to start and nearly half an hour after we got there. Where on earth were these people hiding, and how thick skinned must they be to ignore the staff telling them to go to the drill?

 

 

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maybe they are hiding in the medical center? on my previous cruise, my travel partner got sick on embarkation day and went to the medical center. we skipped the muster drill. because our card was not scanned in during the drill, we received a note in the cabin to attend the make up drill the next day. the make up drill was soooooooo much better then the regular drill they do.

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The drill starts about 10 minutes later than posted. I'm always there right on time and sitting and sitting for 10-15 minutes. Next time I'm walking in 10 minutes late skidding in right when it actually starts.

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They tell people to leave the served spaces as all the crew has specific designated tasks that they must fulfill in case and emergency and have to attend the drills.

 

So sad that people cannot take a few minutes out of their first day to find out where your muster station is and attend the safety demonstration.

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Seems to be true on every ship-- people not showing up on time or thinking because they have been on other cruises they do NOT need to attend. I was on The Getaway about 18 months when it took the Safety Officer the next to the last day of the cruise to get 5 people to attend a " Make Up" Drill.

 

 

What bugs me more is once people arrive, they refuse to quiet down and listen to instructions. Some day needing to follow instructions might be very important.

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Rules of course, do not apply to "me" they only apply to everyone else, who are nowhere near as special as "me".

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Rules of course, do not apply to "me" they only apply to everyone else, who are nowhere near as special as "me".

 

 

So YOU are the one on every cruise I've been on...

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When I was on the Spirit in August, it was so hot outside on the promenade that they made an exception that some could do the drill during muster in air conditioned comfort in the theatre. Some were quite late and were overheard mentioning they had fallen asleep in their cabin.

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When I was on the Spirit in August, it was so hot outside on the promenade that they made an exception that some could do the drill during muster in air conditioned comfort in the theatre. Some were quite late and were overheard mentioning they had fallen asleep in their cabin.

 

 

I can assure you that wasn’t a problem today. :)

 

 

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We decided today that we weren’t going to get to the Muster Station 20 minutes before the drill started, just to stand around for half an hour waiting for everyone to turn up.

 

Drill was at 5pm on the Spirit, and we were in Henry’s Pub, about 30 seconds walk from the Muster station beforehand. We decided to wait in the bar until either 5 minutes before the drill was due to start, or when we were kicked out.

 

Anyway, at 4.40 everyone was told to leave for the drill. We walked to our station, with a loo break on the way and got there at about 17 minutes before the drill was supposed to start. During that time, we were moved along a couple of times.

 

Despite this, people were still wandering along at 10 past 5, 10 minutes after the drill was supposed to start and nearly half an hour after we got there. Where on earth were these people hiding, and how thick skinned must they be to ignore the staff telling them to go to the drill?

 

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It's the same thing at airports. How many times do you hear those announcements calling for passengers by NAME, telling them that the airplane door is about to close and they will miss their flight if they don't show up? This in spite of the passenger in question having bought a ticket, holding it in his/her hand, and having been clearly told when the flight boards and that he/she needs to be at the gate no later than x number of minutes before departure? And how many times do you see those same passengers come rushing up, clutching bags from the shops and duty-free?

 

Humans. Gotta love them.

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Canaries. :)

 

 

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enjoy-we did that at Easter couple of years ago-didn't end up with much of a suntan:)

 

hoping for better luck with our transatlantic cruise in couple weeks with a week in Orlando before

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now that most cruise lines do it in theater or bars or other air conditioned setting I'll never consider skipping.

 

I would if was still outdoors in 90+ degree weather.

 

the muster drill is kinda my own personal starting gun for the cruise. after it's over imma drank!

 

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Why hide ?The cruise line makes it very easy. Gives important info and it's over in just a few minutes . Seems silly to me .

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Our cruise this past January was the first one with muster inside. After it was over, I was still completely unaware of where I was supposed to go in the event of a real emergency. I’m assuming I wasn’t supposed to return to the MDR! I liked having them outside so I knew exactly which lifeboat to show up at.

 

 

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Our cruise this past January was the first one with muster inside. After it was over, I was still completely unaware of where I was supposed to go in the event of a real emergency. I’m assuming I wasn’t supposed to return to the MDR! I liked having them outside so I knew exactly which lifeboat to show up at.

 

 

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in the event of an extreme emergency, you go to the assigned muster area, the MDR. At the MDR, the crew escorts people to the lifeboat area

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in the event of an extreme emergency, you go to the assigned muster area, the MDR. At the MDR, the crew escorts people to the lifeboat area
Exactly. Calling people to muster stations does not guarantee you will be abandoning ship.

 

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As veteran cruisers (19 and counting) we still get to the muster station early and people watch. If the station is by the bar, we turn the high chairs around to face the section (so we can watch the lifejacket demo). Once the drill is over we just turn the chairs back to face and order our first traditional cosmos of the cruise!

 

Mind you, the elevators shut down a good 20 mins before the drills, so if you have cabin on higher decks (esp. on big ships), you better have a good head start! ;p

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